Let It Grow: Are Hazard Reduction Burns the Best Strategy To Reduce Fire Risk?
Is letting a forest grow actually the best strategy for dealing with fire risk?
For a long time our strategy of dealing with the risk of fires has been to conduct hazard reduction burns. Less fuel on the forest floor, should mean less fires. This holds true for a period of time, however researchers in Australia have found that letting a forest grow might actually be the best strategy.